Portugal Stroll into Knockout Round

Photo: FIFA

Photo: FIFA

Portugal 4-0 Qatar

2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup

The Portugal Under-20 team secured a second round berth on Wednesday in Hamilton, New Zealand after they defeated the Qatar U-20s 4-0. André Silva finished off Gelson Martins’ cross for Portugal’s first, before Ivo Rodrigues scored an excellent overhead kick later in the match. Ivo then doubled his tally, when his header from a Nuno Santos cross found the net. Soon after, Ivo turned provider, assisting João Vigário’s goal.

Head coach Helio Sousa made only two changes to the starting eleven that faced Senegal just three days earlier. Gonçalo Guedes and Raphael Guzzo were replaced by Ivo Rodrigues and Chico Ramos, respectively.

Right out of the gate, the Portuguese were in firm control of the contest. Qatar might have found themselves a bit hard-done to have lost their opening match 1-0 against Colombia three days earlier, as they performed well. But Portugal appeared to have no sympathy for the Qataris. As the first half progressed, Portugal looked increasingly in control of the match. The team’s outside fullbacks were over-lapping, creating dangerous attacking situations. In particular, Rafa’s forays forward on the left caused problems for Qatar. Portugal were out-passing, out-hustling, and out-thinking Qatar. Portugal were rewarded with their determination and positive play just after the half-hour mark. Gelson Martins cut in on the left, and his left-footed cross was side-footed in by André Silva. Despite being ahead, Portugal continued to press, and were rewarded in spectacular fashion just before the half. An excellent run from Rony Lopes ended in a cut back, which was deflected to Chico Ramos. Ramos headed the ball to the waiting Ivo Rodrigues, who wound up and struck an excellent overhead kick, which ended up in the back of the net. It was a truly spectacular goal, and will certainly go down as one of the goals of the tournament.

The second half began positively for Portugal, as the Seleção continued to press Qatar high up the field, in search for another goal. The team’s efforts were rewarded just after the hour mark, when Ivo Rodrigues grabbed his second goal of the night. Substitute Nuno Santos bombed down the left, and his excellent cross was met by the head of Rodrigues. With Portugal now a shoo-in as victors, André Silva was substituted off for Vitória Guimarães’ João Vigário. Within ten minutes of coming on, Vigário found the net. This time, Ivo turned provider, finding space on the right, before cutting the ball back for Vigário, who made no mistake. From that point forward, Portugal cruised forward to finish the game as 4-0 winners.

With qualification to the knockout round guaranteed, Portugal now face Colombia tonight. The winner of the Colombia-Portugal match will top the group. Colombia have defeated Qatar 1-0 and drawn Senegal 1-1, and currently sit on 4 points.

André Moreira, Mauro Riquicho, Rafa, João Nunes, Domingos Duarte, Tomás Podstawski, Chico Ramos(Janio Bikel), Marcos Lopes, Ivo Rodrigues, Gelson Martins(Nuno Santos), André Silva(João Vigário)


Scoring: André Silva (1-0), Ivo Rodrigues (2-0) (3-0), João Vigário (4-0)

Assists: Gelson Martins (1-0), Chico Ramos (2-0), Nuno Santos (3-0), Ivo Rodrigues (4-0)

PortugalFutbol Player of the Match: Ivo Rodrigues

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